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ACA Public Issue – November 14, 2012 

 Key Developments  

With Election Over, ACA Urges Action On Critical Communications Policies

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement about the Nov. 6 election results, which included the re-election of President Obama, House control by the Republicans and Senate control by the Democrats:

"The American Cable Association congratulates President Obama on his re-election victory and all new and returning Members of Congress that ACA will work with in the next two years. With the long campaign season behind us, the independent cable community looks forward to working with the Administration, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission in helping to identify the critical communications policy reforms that deserve bipartisan support,” Polka said.

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ACA: FCC Needs To Inject Fairness, Progressivity Into Regulatory Fee Assessments

The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to reform its regulatory fee system by requiring direct broadcast satellite providers (DBS) to pay their fair share and by progressively scaling the fee burden based on an entity's ability to pay, much like the graduated federal income tax.

"The FCC must reform its fee categories so all multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), including DBS operators, pay their fair share of the costs associated with the Media Bureau's activities in regulating MVPD services," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "Fairness also means adoption of an ability-to-pay principle because larger entities have a greater ability to bear these regulatory costs than smaller ones."

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ACA: 'Broadcaster-Abused Consumers' Affected By Tribune Co.'s World Series Blackout

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding Tribune Co.'s blackout of 50,000 Cablevision System Corp. subscribers in Connecticut, who missed Game 1 of the World Series. Tribune lifted the blackout on October 26 after more than two months.

"This year, we have seen a record number of broadcaster signal blackouts against pay-TV providers and their customers, fueled by years of creeping media consolidation, collusive bargaining tactics by TV station owners and programmers' tying-and-bundling schemes designed to deny choice while driving up monthly bills,” Polka said.

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 About ACA  

Across this vast country, small and rural markets participate in the digital revolution by receiving video, broadband, and phone services from nearly 850 small and medium-sized independent operators represented by the American Cable Association (ACA).

ACA’s members -- cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities -- deliver affordable basic and advanced services to about 7.4 million households and businesses. ACA members operate in every state, offering high-definition television, next generation Internet access, and digital phone service.

Access to advanced communications is not a luxury but a critical necessity for consumers and companies, schools and hospitals. America’s economic prosperity in smaller markets and rural areas depends on the growth and success of ACA members, who believe a connected nation, is a united nation.

The ACA asks lawmakers and regulators to ensure fair treatment so that small and medium-sized independent operators may continue to supply affordable video, broadband, and phone services to Main Street America. Through active participation in the policymaking process, ACA members and leaders advocate for the interests of their customers, their companies, and their communities to help ensure the continued viability of their way of life in hometown America.

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